A Place Further Than the Universe Leads Tokyo Anime Awards Fan Vote

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2019 (TAAF) revealed the preliminary results for this year’s fan-voted Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award. Leading the pack is A Place Further Than the Universe, a coming-of-age story about four teenage girls who sign up to go on an expedition to Antarctica. The series was recently recognized by The New York Times in its list of Best International TV Shows of 2018.

The plucky girls aren’t leading by a large margin; they could still be surpassed Banana Fish. Set in New York City, the crime drama follows the beautiful yet deadly Ash Lynx and his unlikely companion Eiji Okamura as they navigate the darkest underbelly of New York’s crime families.

In third place is Laid-Back Camp, the cozy series that invigorated Japan’s winter camping scene with a new influx of fans. The anime follows Rin Shima who had always enjoyed camping alone but expands her horizons when she meets newbie camper Nadeshiko Kagamihara.

The results are updated daily until the poll closes on December 24. The top 20 series and top 10 films are listed below.

Television Anime

  1. A Place Further Than the Universe
  3. Laid-Back Camp
  4. Cells at Work!
  5. IDOLiSH7
  6. Zombie Land Saga
  8. Land of the Lustrous
  9. Bloom Into You
  10. Pop Team Epic
  11. Violet Evergarden
  12. Overlord (seasons II and III)
  13. Dream Festival! R
  14. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
  15. Uma Musume Pretty Derby
  16. Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun-
  17. Girls’ Last Tour
  18. Attack on Titan Season 3
  19. Goblin Slayer
  20. Revue Starlight

Anime Films

  1. Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer
  2. Girls und Panzer das Finale
  3. Liz and the Blue Bird
  4. Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond
  5. Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister
  6. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
  7. Non Non Biyori Vacation
  8. Okko’s Inn
  9. Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple
  10. Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

The poll also decides works that will be eligible for the Theatrical Animation Division and Television Animation Division awards, as well as the individual awards for anime staff members. An anime series or film had to air between October 15, 2017 to October 13, 2018 to qualify for a spot. This cut-off isn’t limited to a show’s debut date. For instance, Land of the Lustrous premiered on October 7, 2017 but is still considered applicable to the poll because its episodes aired beyond the cut-off. This is also why last year saw Yuri!!! on Ice take the top spotin both 2016 and 2017 awards.

Voting can be done only once per person with up to three TV and movies choices each.

Source: Tokyo Anime Festival’s Best 100 site via Yara-on!





The Most Promising Premieres of the Summer 2017 Anime Season

Not sure what to watch? Here are the 7 anime premiers we’re most excited about for the Summer 2017 season.

Made in Abyss screenshot

Screenshot from Made in Abyss. Kinema Citrus.

Every new season of anime brings with it some some fluff and a couple of gems. We looked through the anime that premiered in the Summer 2017 season and picked out some of the most promising looking ones. From gorgeous visuals to adorably dark stories, these five anime have the makings of some greats — or at least potentially interesting binges.


Fate apocrypha screenshot

Screenshot from Fate/Apocrypha. A-1 Pictures.

This far, the Fate series has had a solid run with few disappointments (let’s not mention the movie). The newest installment promises to be even more dramatic and epic than the previous entries in the series. As before, Fate/Apocrypha is set in an alternate timeline where the Greater Grail disappears shortly after the Third Holy Grail War. A series of events leads to an even bigger conflict, culminating in the Great Holy Grail War. Fans of the series will see some familiar names and get to catch up on a different version of the events they know, while newcomers can just enjoy the great storytelling and world building. At least, that is if the anime will be anything like its predecessors — and we’re hoping it will be.

Koi to Uso (Love and Lies)

Koi to Uso screenshot

Screenshot from Koi to Uso. Lindenfilms.

Every person in Japan is assigned a marriage partner by the government when they turn 16. This is the premise behind Koi to Uso, and it’s one that has our interest piqued largely because it doesn’t seem to be a fluff piece. Love in anime is common but is often accompanied by shenanigans and comedy; Koi to Uso looks like it takes a more serious look at what it takes for love to thrive and survive, when it’s presented with obstacles. How important is love to a relationship, anyway? Koi to Uso looks like it will be an interesting addition to the anime romance genre.

Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss screenshot

Screenshot from Made in Abyss. Kinema Citrus.

At first glance, Made in Abyss is a cute anime about a girl who finds a robot boy in a giant cave. But as the hype surrounding it builds, it’s clear there’s more to this series than meets the eye. Directed by Monster‘s Masayuki Kojima, this cute anime is surprisingly dark. While the focus in the beginning seems to be adventure, there are hints of a more serious overtone from the very beginning: a city surrounds a giant chasm, a 12 year old orphan girl who vows to become an adventurer like her dead mother… That’s more intense than you’d expect. The background information is revealed slowly but surely, and despite the chibi-like appearance of the characters, the story turns downright brutal. Don’t give this one a pass because it looks like an adorable kiddie-show — it’s anything but.

Isekai Shokudou (Restaurant to Another World)

Restaurant to another world screenshot

Screenshot from Isekai Shokudou. Silver Link.

Restaurant to Another World is an oddball in this season’s anime. It’s one of those shows that mixes everyday life with food, and throws monsters into the mix. The premise is a strange one that could either be great or terrible: every Saturday, a restaurant closes its doors to the public to welcome some “special” visitors from other worlds to eat under their roof. So far the series has shown it has heart, and takes the idea of comfort food to the next level. When you’re having a bad day, do you grab your favorite food to wind down? See? Everyone has something in common, no matter what species they are. Isekai Shokudou is receiving mixed ratings, but it has the potential to be an anime full of heart and a different kind of slice of life.

Princess Principal

Princess Principal screenshot

Screenshot from Princess Principal. Actas / Studio 3Hz.

Despite the name, this anime is not all frills and magical girls. Instead it focuses on awesome attractive chicks being badass. It’s like Charlie’s Angels, the anime version. Princess Principal is about five girls who infiltrate, spy, use disguises, take part in car chases… it’s James Bond, if James Bond were a cute teenage girl. The show could either become a typical fanservice romp, or it can amp up the action for a thrill ride. If you like your spy action flicks with a side of moe, this might be one to watch.

Editors Note: We’ve removed Violet Evergarden and The Ancient Magus’ Bride from our list due to a misunderstanding related to their release dates.

[April Fool’s] The Best and Worst Anime of Winter 2018

With the first season of anime for 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to take a look at what made this season great and what made it awful.

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The Winter 2018 anime season had a lot to live up to: last year’s Winter season included powerhouses like Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, Youjo Senki, Little Witch Academia (TV), and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen. More recently, Fall 2017 saw Mahoutsukai no Yome, 3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season, Shokugeki no Soma: San no Sara, Net-juu no Susume, Inuyashiki, Houseki no Kuni (TV), and more.

Of course, while there are successful shows in every season, there must also be failures: Winter 2017 presented us with the infamous Hand Shakers, One Room, Idol Jihen, and Masamune-kun no Revenge; Fall 2017 aired Juuni Taisen, Black Clover, Ousama Game The Animation, and Dies Irae.

This season had its clear successes (Yuru Camp△, Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen) and its clear failures (Killing Bites, Beatless, Ito Junji: Collection), but there was also a large number of relatively controverial shows, the most notable of which include Violet Evergarden, Overlord II, Grancrest Senki and Darling in the FranXX.

By looking in detail at the reception received by every anime from this season, we have come up with a list of the best and worst shows of Winter 2018.

Let’s begin with the worst.

The Worst Anime of Winter 2018: Poputepipikku 👎

At the beginning of the Winter 2018 season, Poputepipikku soared at surprisingly high heights. However, it wasn’t long before it went tumbling down to Earth—even so, it refused to stay anywhere within the realms of understanding or reality. Filled with low-brow jokes and utter nonsense, Poputepipikku failed to leave a lasting impression on its audience, most of whom were watching reluctantly in the first place. To start, let’s look specifically at how Poputepipikk-


W-w-w-w-who are you?!


So am I! What’s your deal?!


Wait, what, there’s two of you?! How’d you- Hey! I’m still in the middle of writing that, don’t read it ye-







I mistyped! I meant to say that Poputepipikku was a decent anim-


Alright, alright! Poputepipikku is clearly the best anime of the Winter 2018 season!


O-oh, okay…

Guess I’ll be heading off then…


[breaks into a sprint]



The BEST Anime of Winter 2018: Poputepipikku 👍

Because it just is. Don’t question it. Please…

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